Target: State Representative Gregg Takayama
Goal: Commend State Rep. Takayama for introducing excessive bird feeding bill
Recently, a ban on excessive bird feeding has gone into effect in Hawaii. This ban will allow the State Health Department to investigate all bird-related nuisance complaints that occur on private property. If the complaints are valid, Department officials will be allowed to issue warnings and order property owners to cease feeding exorbitant amounts of food to the birds.
This bill was introduced by State Rep. Gregg Takayama. One of the reasons that prompted him to introduce the bill was the decades-long issue many of the residents within his district face. In one well-documented case, residents within a single neighborhood deal with hundreds of pigeons and finches throughout the day, all due to the excessive feeding done by two of their neighbors. The birds have damaged solar panels and defecated on cars, requiring owners to spend time and money on cleaning and repairs. In addition, the odor caused by the birds has gotten increasingly worse; some residents no longer open any of their windows, causing discomfort and ventilation issues.
Furthermore, the birds leave feathers strewn across yards. According to Master Bird Control, pigeons and other birds are known to carry a number of infectious diseases like salmonella, tuberculosis, and ornithosis (results in pneumonia-like symptoms), and can also cause allergic reactions and respiratory distress. In addition to their feathers, diseases can be contracted through droppings, dandruff, or parasites the birds carry.
Cases like these have gone unresolved for so long because the excessive feeding was legal, and those who fed the birds felt they were being helpful animal lovers. However, with the new bill in place, the State Health Department will be able to stop excessive feeding, restoring cleanliness and comfort to affected residents.
By signing the petition below, you will commend State Rep. Gregg Takayama on introducing this much-needed bill.
Dear State Representative Gregg Takayama,
The new bill that bans the excessive feeding of birds will help protect residents’ properties and create a more comfortable and enjoyable living situation. Although those who feed the birds do so out of kindness, it is unfair that their neighbors often endure the negative consequences of these feedings. In addition to creating a more comfortable living environment, this bill will protect residents’ health, as birds are known to carry a number of diseases.
We would like to commend you for your commitment to the people in your district. This issue would have continued to exist, unaddressed, if you had not listened to resident needs and worked to meet them.
[Your Name Here]
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